I didn’t find the time (and courage) to work on my various projects recently…
…but with the return of summer I will have more drive to get back to work.
Starting with my Moria Goblins by Game’s Workshop. Nothing fancy, they are tabletop quality: base colours followed a dipping, like my Mantic orcs.
I had some fun with the details on the bases (vegetation, plants, leaves, grass, etc).
They’ll look great on the game table: cool!
Nasty little guys!
…24 friends to be exact…
…yep: nasty Goblins!
I thought it would be nice to share some pics of a dragon mini I painted eons ago. It is an old dragon miniature, from Grenadier (same collection as my blue dragon in this other post). What is interesting here I think is the use of 2 unusual objects for the diorama: the base of an antique desk lamp and a glass globe, used for exterior porch lamps. The diorama of the dragon, complete with the tree and dead horse, was made on a small round piece of plastic, glued with epoxy to the metal lamp base. The glass globe is held in place with plumber putty, but It could have been “glued” with silicon or even epoxy. Overall it is quite an impressive piece and looks terrific in my office. I hope you enjoy it to.
Some photos of my completed Tomb Kings skeletons from Games Workshop.
I don’t like the cartoonish look of these minis, but I needed a lot of skeletons for the gaming table and I wanted something cheap: I paid 35 $CAN for 16 minis, which is good. I bought these a while ago, before Mantic Games made their line of skeletons available (damn!). I find Mantic Games skeletons more realistic and I definitely would have preferred them over GWs, but it’s ok: my current minis are just fine for gaming.
I LOVE zombies! They are scary as hell, disgusting, relentless, remorseless, fearless, and they come by the dozens! Perfect monsters for a Dungeon Master 🙂
Zombie minis on the market are of uneven quality, and available in various degrees of ‘realism’. So, if you want a swarm of nice looking zombies for your gaming table, it can get quite expensive.
It is hard to vary the poses enough to get very different looking zombies (lots of extended arms). But still, the overall effect of the horde is quite cool.
That’s why I got interested in Mantic Games line of minis. They are much cheaper than most minis out there, quite detailed and less cartoonish than Games Workshop plastic minis. My first order with this company was for a pack of zombies (later, I also purchased 2 packs of orcs, which you can find in some other posts on this blog).
I just completed the dwarf fighter miniature for one of my friend. I used the same technique that I used for my orcs: a “quick” plain color painting, without shading, followed by a dipping in Minwax Polyshade. Then Testor Dull coat to kill the shine of the wood varnish, followed by a little detail work (mainly hitting some edges and metal surfaces with a lighter tone to restore the highlights.
While at it, I dipped a prepainted Pathinder Troll miniature. I must say I’m quite impressed with the results: No post dipping work has been done on it yet and still it looks a lot better then it did straight from the box…
I’ve been sculpting a lot, and it is progressing well.
Not a lot of progress today: I did a few experiments for sculpting the scales. I sculpted a few individual scales, just to get a feeling of the technique.
Then I made some negative impressions of the scales to use as tools to sculpt scales more easily. I haven’t experimented the technique yet (the tips of my “tools” are not completely “dry”). I will post some photos of my experiments soon…
Here are the tools: Made by pressing a small ball of Magic Sculpt on a nail, and then pressing that on an already sculpted scale to get an impression…
Ok. Quick update: I’ve worked on the head. It’s not completed yet, but I kinda like it.
I began some sculpting on the legs, and I am pleased so far.
Yes, that’s real crabs legs tips used for nails…
I tried to use the dipping technique to speed up the process of painting my 25 Mantic orcs.
Here is the result on 2 bad guys: